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Old 09-12-2011, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Englewood,FL
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Well, after not being on here for several weeks, I have good news to report, I found a home in Englewood to rent on a canal and that accepted us with our 3 dogs! Did the background check, and put the deposit down!

We are moving at the end of the month from Grand Rapids, Michigan. We will be traveling down with my wife's parents as well who are from Illinois. They are also moving to Florida to North Port into a new home around October 7th.

I spent last week looking for a house by myself in SWFL as my wife had to work her last 3 weeks of employment out at her job in Michigan. Went around to North Port, Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, Englewood, Venice, etc.

Wound up finding a nice late 80's home for rental with 2 beds,2 baths, all ceramic tile floors, a Jacuzzi tub in the master bath, , and a single car garage on a canal in immaculate condition! Feel very lucky to have found such a nice home and only 5 miles from the beach and 1.5 miles from a boat ramp. It also has a wonderful fenced in backyard, a snowbird on my left, and a full time retired couple to my right.

Look out MA, HH, bbronston, BH, and SoFlGal here we come!
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Old 09-12-2011, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Lakewood Ranch, FL
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That's pretty kewl! 1.5 miles from a decent boat ramp is really as good as it gets if you can't have the boat right behind the house. Enjoy it!
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Old 09-12-2011, 09:33 AM
 
Location: Lemon Bay, Englewood, FL
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I lived in Grand Rapids for 7 years (5 min from downtown) prior to moving here! Went to college downtown at GRCC and Ferris State University GR adult campus. It's a great small city with lots to do. Definitely miss the Griffins & Rampage games at Van Andel! I'm going back there in a couple of weeks for work.
Congrats on the upcoming move south!! You'll love it! Perfect time of year too!
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Old 09-12-2011, 10:02 AM
 
Location: Englewood,FL
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That's pretty kewl! 1.5 miles from a decent boat ramp is really as good as it gets if you can't have the boat right behind the house. Enjoy it!

Yeah, I thought so to, and actually the canal has fish in it, and is generally pretty clear as I understand, some gators too! I'm pretty pleased with how this turned out, we are just trying to get rid of some things like furniture, appliances, household items, before the move, as the new residence does not have enough space for all our furniture. That is actually good news for us as we are in the process of downsizing since my last Son is out of the house and we just don't require having so many household items any longer.

I'm going to store my boat in back of the house inside our fenced in yard, and will have to get a canopy of some type which I have seen several people have to shelter it from and the elements. Any ideas would be welcomed!
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Old 09-12-2011, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Punta Gorda
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Congrats on finding a place! We just moved down to Punta Gorda from WI at the end of August and are loving it so far
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Old 09-12-2011, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Lakewood Ranch, FL
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I used to have a standard boat cover with those bowed slats that are supposed to keep the shape. It was better than nothing but never worked great. The water just collected and pooled and the weight of the water always caused trouble. You might almost be better off stretching a line over the boat/trailer and hanging a tarp over it creating a kind of tent unless you want to go all out and get a true canopy like these.
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Old 09-12-2011, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Englewood,FL
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I used to have a standard boat cover with those bowed slats that are supposed to keep the shape. It was better than nothing but never worked great. The water just collected and pooled and the weight of the water always caused trouble. You might almost be better off stretching a line over the boat/trailer and hanging a tarp over it creating a kind of tent unless you want to go all out and get a true canopy like these.
That is awesome, and exactly what I'm talking about, the boat has a value yet that would warrant doing that kind of enclosure. Thanks for the link! Have you ever seen the round top version for cars and I believe boats as well?
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Old 09-12-2011, 11:39 AM
 
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Congrats on your move! We got here 3 months ago and LOVING it, also in North Port. Have a safe journey down!
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Old 09-12-2011, 12:24 PM
 
Location: Parrish, FL
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Congratulations! At least you will be gone before winter sets in. You are a few months ahead of us...our house will not be ready until February so we will try to "enjoy" our last northern winter.

Good luck with the moving process!
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Old 09-12-2011, 01:53 PM
 
Location: Port Charlotte, FL
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Hey, congratulations on your upcoming move. You will love it here and it sounds like you found a great place to start your Florida lifestyle. So much to do, so much to see, so much to enjoy. If you are moving with your furniture, I would suggest Penske or PODs. They have always been the cheapest ways to move for my customers. When we moved from NY we used Penske and got a discount by booking it online and another discount through AAA. Best of luck!
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